March 12-April 3
Ledcor Theatre Foyer, Lower Level
Free to view
Alberta artist Harold Pearse wanted, as a child, to be an RCMP member. Later, as an artist and educator at the University of Alberta , he became fascinated by the myth and symbolism of this uniquely Canadian icon.
In his collection of drawings and paintings, interesting images of RCMP members in idealized and abstracted landscapes have emerged. Pearse explores an ambiguous space between realism and the stereotypical larger than life “Mountie”, and his relationship with the landscape and, sometimes, a service dog.
Red Serge speaks of a longtime fascination with an exploration of the imagery involving the RCMP, or more precisely, the scarlet-coated “Mountie”. The focus will be a 2011 series of oil pastels, Fading Glory: Lake Louise, based on a 1930s postcard and re-visioned from 21st century perspective.
Presentation of the materials from the Sir Samuel Steele Collection, will allow the visitor to view Steele as a legendary figure of the Canadian northwest, among the most prominent and well known RCMP members, and adds context to their symbolic and constant presence in Alberta.
Red Serge is open during regular AGA hours.
The Red Serge project is presented in partnership by the Art Gallery of Alberta , the Public Foundation for Art and Life, and the Sir Samuel Steele Collection, University of Alberta Libraries, with the collaboration of Dr. Rod Macleod, whose lecture is supported by the Edmonton Heritage Council.
The partnership is grateful for the generous support of the Personal Insurance and the RCMP Veterans’ Association.
The Uniform: Evolution of a Symbol with Dr. Rod Macleod | March 12, 7 pm | More information >
Artist Talk: Harold Pearse | March 19, 12-1 pm | Ledcor Theatre Foyer, Lower Level | Free
The AGA Art Rental and Sales Gallery is one of the oldest such programs in continuing existence, and offers a unique type of access to art through the rental and sales of artwork, opening up an avenue for the public to take an interest in visual art and to bring it into their homes and businesses. The programs roots are in the aim to bring more art to peoples lives, to make it more affordable, and to encourage people to start their own collections. We make it possible for people to experience works by renowned and emerging Alberta artists.
All works from Red Serge are part of the Art Rental and Sales Gallery selection, which represents the best from some 130 artists.
Image: Harold Pearse, Paddy in the Sky with Mountie (detail), 2001. Watercolour pencil on Arches paper, 22″x30″.